Books on Peace

Because we can never have too many books that teach about peace…

Books on Peace for Children

Do Unto Others

Do Unto Others

All the World
by Liz Scanlon
and Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Ages 6-9

This book, filled with beautiful illustrations and soothing rhymes, celebrates the connections between families, friends and the larger community.

By Day, By Night
by Amy Gibson and
Illustrated by Meilo So
Ages 3-6

Rhyming text and energetic watercolors present children from around the world engaging in everyday activities until evening until a new day begins.

Dog and Bear: Two’s Company
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Ages 3-6

Even the best of friends sometimes have problems they must work out, and true for Dog and Bear, the best friends who can get angry but get over it.

The Lion and the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney
Ages 3-6

The fable about how the smallest creature — a mouse — saves the majestic lion is a tale of kindness returned. Here it is effectively recast as a wordless story in a new setting. Stunning illustrations are expressive and emotive, evoking Africa’s Serengeti while retaining the tale’s power.

Little Humans
by Brandon Stanton
Ages 3-6

Color photographs of children who get back up even if they fall. The portraits show children of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds accompanied by a poetic text, together emphasizing the commonalities among children.

A Little Peace
by Barbara Kerley
Ages 6-9

All it takes is one hand, one smile, and a single voice to achieve it; and children everywhere can “spread a little peace.”

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport
and Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Ages 6-9

Martin Luther King Jr. grew up fascinated by big words. In this award-winning book, portraits of Dr. King show how he used words, not weapons, to fight injustice.

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference
by Kate Smith Milway
and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Ages 6-9

This fictionalized story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana, who changes his world with a small loan and one hen, is based on the real life of Kwabena Darko who lives in West Africa. Darko started a system of micro-loans in villages that would not otherwise have access.

Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace
by James Proimos
Ages 6-9

Paulie Pastrami is just a kid, and a kid who even has trouble getting his socks to match. But Paulie has big plans. In order to achieve his plan of world peace, Paulie begins with small kindnesses, which are sure to grow.

The Peace Book
by Todd Parr
Ages 3-6

For children, the concept of peace can be a difficult one to understand, and Parr makes an admirable attempt to explain it. He relates the notion to making new friends, listening to different kinds of music, and helping your neighbor.

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangara Maathai
by Claire Nivola
Ages 6-9

Wangari Maathai’s native Kenya was a changed land, literally blowing away because its trees and growth had been destroyed. Rather than complain, she started a reforestation effort for which she was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Stone Soup
by Jon J Muth
Ages 6-9

A traditional tale is set in China as three Zen monks come to a remote village where residents are wary of strangers. The villagers gradually add ingredients to the initial soup the monks begin from a stone, building a community feast.

The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf
and illustrated by Robert Lawson
All Ages

All the bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together, but Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. And he does just that, until the day a bumblebee and some men from the Madrid bullfights give gentle Ferdinand a chance to be the most ferocious star of the corrida—and the most unexpected comic hero.

The Wall
by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler, and
illustrated by Ronald Himler and Eve Bunting
Ages 6-9

A boy describes the trip he takes with his father to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Together, they look for the name of his grandfather, who died before he was born.

We March
by Shane Evans
Ages 3-6

Two children aroused by their parents join a march for equal rights. Illustrations convey the children’s evolving feelings as they join scores of others in what adults recognize as an historic march for civil rights.

Zen Shorts
by Jon J Muth
Ages 6-9

One rainy day, Stillwater, a panda, shows up at the home of three siblings. The short (Zen) stories he tells reveal wisdom to each child.



Helping Children Help Others

A Child is Born

A Child is Born

In the midst of Typhoon Haiyan, a little baby girl is born. It reminds us of renewal, hope, and the promises of God in the eye of the storm. This baby came into this world in circumstances that most of us can only imagine. What can our children do to offer love to this baby and other babies who have lost homes and parents and the life their parents imagined?

As United Methodists, we show up for those in need following storms through the UM Committee on Relief – UMCOR.  Children are wonderful givers, and during a time when we all feel so helpless there is something they can do to extend love to our neighbors in the Philippines and babies like this little one. Layette Kits are simple and easy for even young children to make and send as part of their mission and ministry in the world.

Directions for making Layette Kits: layettekit13

Pattern and Directions for Layette Nightgowns layettenightgownpattern12

*Collection Information: Relief Supply Network


Elmo Explains Hurricanes

Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley

To Everything by Bob Barner

Hurricane by David Wiesner



Children’s Fund for Christian Mission Resources Available


What is the Children’s Fund?

The United Methodist Children’s Fund for Christian Mission allows your children to be in mission across state lines or around the globe — from within your local church. Children learn about and raise money for projects selected annually by GBGM (General Board of Global Ministry) through teaching activities developed by GBOD. Money raised is distributed equally by GBGM among the specially chosen projects.

What resources are available to help us participate?

Information about the mission projects and stories from their children personalize the experience. We suggest exercises to make this a fun learning experience for all ages. Use fundraising ideas included or design your own.

Participate as a congregation or as a children-only mission education program in

Sunday school classes a mission fair
VBS a children’s sermon
the children’s choir the church newsletter
a church family retreat a home study
fellowship groups a seasonal study
before- or after-school programs bulletin boards

How do I participate? Go to Children’s Fund for Christian Mission website to get started today!